KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 — The Selangor state government announced today that it will stop proposed development plans for a portion of the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR).
In a statement, Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari said this would include canceling the ownership of the land which was previously transferred to a private company for a mixed-development project.
“Only 104 acres out of a total of 1,326 acres (of the KLNFR) will be degazetted to complete the land ownership to Busut Baru Orang Asli village to resolve issues that have been pending since 2006.
“They were relocated from their original settlement in 1994 for the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) construction,” he said.
The decision comes after a recent halt order the state government issued on plans to degazette 536.7 hectares of the KLNFR which received public objection from both non-governmental organizations and several Selangor assemblymen.
“With that, the Selangor state government will begin the process of regazetting the KLNFR,” said Amirudin.
The KLNFR — made up of 8,000-year-old forests — was gazetted as a permanent forest reserve covering 7,246.96 hectares back in 1927.
Today, only 957.6 hectares of the green lung is left, with 931.17 hectares of it endangered by the state government’s degazettement proposal.
At the same time, he said the replacement area gazetted as a Permanent Forest Reserve of 1,436 acres in Sungai Panjang, Ampang Pechah, and Bukit Broga will retain its status as a Permanent Forest Reserve.
“The state government would like to emphasize that all previous degazettement processes have followed all procedures and provisions as stated in the law.
On August 30, the state government had given a green light to degazette 536.7 hectares of the KLNFR, justifying that the area approved for degazettement is only half of what was previously proposed.
Amirudin said the state government would also write to the Selangor speaker to convene a special meeting of the Select Committee on Competency, Accountability, and Transparency to answer any issues raised on the previous degazettement.